Morning of the Marathon preparation & Timings

I absolutely loved my marathon experience that I decided it might be helpful to share our morning marathon routine. This routine worked well for us, but remember everyone is different so do what works for you on the morning of a marathon.

The Manchester Marathon started at 9:00AM, so we decided to work backwards when prepping our morning and timings. We were staying in Stockport which was about a 20 minute taxi ride away from the Old Trafford Cricket Club. Training runs work very differently to the schedule below, I usually roll out of bed, put on my running clothes, boil the kettle, pour myself a cup of coffee, drink said cup of coffee whilst scrolling Instagram, brush my teeth and GO.

5:45AM- Wakeup call for some this might be incredibly early but I am an early riser and my alarm usually goes off at 5:30AM on a week day so this time didn’t really affect me too much. If you aren’t an early riser or you don’t do well in the mornings then I would suggest doing this routine a couple of times before your marathon.

6:00AM- Breakfast & coffee, I wanted to makes sure I gave my body enough time to digest my breakfast before the race started, during my training I usually run fasted but I knew this wasn’t going to be possible for a 26.2 mile run. I needed to fuel but at the same time I didn’t want to risk getting a stitch as it was something my body wasn’t used to. I made sure I trailed and tested this before race day so I knew my body would adjust. For breakfast I opted for a big bowl of jumbo oats with blueberries and peanut butter which is my favourite breakfast so I was very happy.

I usually have a large cup of coffee prior to running on a usual training run and I never usually have to stop for the toilet.  I knew the excitement and nerves would get to me which we all know usually results in needing the toilet more frequently so I opted for strong but small coffees- espresso style. To be honest with you I am not sure how affective this was as I still needed the toilet twice before the race.

6:30AM- Shower time, I always like to have a shower on the morning of a race day as it makes me feel refreshed and ready to start the day. For my training runs I usually roll out of bed, throw on my running clothes and brush my teeth but that isn’t the case for race day. Then it was time to pin my running number to my vest eeek!

7:15AM: Taxi arrived, we decided to book the taxi for 7:15AM as we thought this would give us plenty of time to get to the start line especially, we knew there wouldn’t be any traffic that early on a Sunday morning. When we got into the taxi the driver asked us what time the race was starting and when our reply was 9:00AM he said ‘I’ll see what I can do about getting you there for then but there are lots of road closures’. As you can imagine my heart rate went through the ROOF, this is not the kind of stress I need on race day.

7:30AM- Taxi dropped us off, the taxi managed to drop us off about half a mile away from the race start line which we were happy about, we could do with some fresh air anyway to help with our nerves and excitement. This is definitely a lesson learnt through next time we will definitely check with the taxi company about road closures next time.

8:00AM- we arrived at Old Trafford Cricket Ground and went straight to the bag drop, the Manchester Marathon organisers suggested dropping your bags off prior to 8:00AM but they were not as strict as most places. At most races we have been to the bag drop off and bag collection points are at two separate locations, however at the Manchester Marathon the bag drop area did not move so there were not really any time restrictions.

8:15-8:30AM- We made our way to the pens which was about a 15 minute walk away from the bag drop by this point we had already walked about 7000 steps and we hadn’t even started the run. We made our way straight to the loos for one last comfort break before the marathon started.

9:10AM- we crossed the start line and the race was underway!

 

Morning Run in Jersey

As you know by now we always start every trip we go on with a morning run, it set us up nicely for the day and also gives us a chance to look around running to sites and viewpoints we wouldn’t otherwise get to see. I visit Jersey quite frequently so know the island relatively well but that doesn’t stop me waking up in the morning, tying up my laces and getting outside.

I set out at 7:00am when it was still dark outside, as I was running the sun began to rise and I was quite literally running into the beautiful sunrise. It was so peaceful outside with only runners in site. As I am training for a marathon I knew I had to run a fair way as I always save a long run for the weekend, I googled the distance from St Aubin’s to St Hellier and it said it was roughly 5 miles so a rounded trip would get me up to 10 miles which was perfect.

It was such a beautiful morning it looked like the sky was on fire, by the time I got down to the harbour I just had to stop and take some photos to share with you all.  I wish I could wake up every morning and run along on the beach, I even saw horses galloping along the beach it was truly magical.

Rachel will be joining me in Jersey in June for the Jersey half marathon which we are already so excited about, for someone who has never been to Jersey before running the half marathon will mean she hopefully gets to see a large amount of the island in one go (the island is only 9X5 anyway).

We cannot think of a better half marathon to take part in, the views are going to be truly stunning, if any of you are also running the half marathon in Jersey then please do let us know! Fingers crossed the wind and weather in on our side on the 10th June.

How to Train to Run Your First 5K

‘How can you run so far? I wish I could run as far as you two but I just can’t’

We hear this so often and everytime our answer is ‘we never used to be able to run either but everyone can run, so if we can do it you can as well’. The first race we ever did was a 5K colour run, Rach was on placement year and trained really hard for it. Annie on the other hand was still at University and thought the typical 5km isn’t that far I don’t need to train but boy was I wrong. It was that run though that made Annie want to train properly and actually get into running (after the embarrassment of having to walk some of the way).

5km is honestly the hardest milestone to get to and we tell everyone this time and time again. Start short and just extend your run bit by bit each time and before you know it you will be able to run 5km, it will take time depending on how frequently you run so don’t get disheartened when you first start running and have to walk after 5 minutes.

We have set out some top tips below that we would have found helpful when we first started running

Listen to music- make sure you have a good playlist when you running, something that is going to inspire you to keep going. When you first start running you might want to create a playlist that has a variety of different styles of songs so you can see what you do like or what you don’t like when running. We like to have a mixture between old classics (got to love a bit of spice girls), chart music & a couple of dance songs thrown in the mix.

Download a good podcast-we have recently started to get into podcasts when we run. We find it passes time really quickly as you are concentrating more about what the person is saying on the podcast rather than thinking ‘how much further have I got to go’ after each stride. We have been listening to lots of blogging podcasts and our favourites at the moment is ‘What She Said’ by Lucy She…. And ‘Made Online’ by… this way it means we actually gain knowledge about blogging whilst we are doing something that is good for us- win win.

Invest in some good running trainers-you won’t know how important these are until you actually have them.

Download a running app- make sure you download a running app to your phone so you know how far you have run and what pace you are running at. Not that the pace is important but you will find the more you run the faster you become so it can be interesting to look back at. We are using the Fitbit app as we both have Fitbits but prior to that we always used the Nike running app which we found really good and the distance was always accurate.

Map your route- we always like to have an idea of where we are running so we have something to aim for when we are running. We sometimes use the app map my run as you are able to choose the route you want to go and also know the distance before you leave the house. We would love it if you could give an app your address, let it know the distance you want to run and then allow the app to choose the route for you. If this app already exists then please do let us know because it would be so cool and your run would be different every time which also brings us on nicely to the next point.

Mix up your runs-When we first started out running and wanting to hit 5KM we used to run/part walk the same route every time as we wanted to see how much further we could run this time compared to our previous run. Running the same route over and over again can become borings so if you are feeling unmotivated to go out on a run try a new route because a change of scenery may be exactly what you need.

Running 5km is such a brilliant goal to have for any new runners, find a race you want to run and enter it that way you will have something to work towards (or run towards lol).

Good luck you can do it!

Morning Run In Cornwall 

One of the first things we pack when going on holiday is our running trainers, we love getting outside and going for a run somewhere we have never been before. Recently we spent a week in Cornwall, Port Isaac to be exact and we loved our early morning runs.

Every morning before our run we would enjoy a coffee in bed whilst appreciating and admiring the incredible view we had from our bedroom window our coffee of choice this trip was spiced pumpkin flavour 🎃 which was incredible.

Visiting Cornwall
Visiting Cornwall

 

Pumpkin Spice Coffee
Pumpkin Spice Coffee

We decided to run to Port Gaverne, it was only a short distance away from Port Isaac. When we got to Port Gaverne we ran up the headlands to a view point that was truly stunning and every morning we made sure we stopped for a few minutes to appreciate the view.

Stunning views in Port Isaac
Stunning views in Port Isaac


There is something about Cornwall or the countryside in general that makes you slow down and actually enjoy the surroundings when we are in London everything is so fast paced we never get a chance to stop and appreciate everything around us.

Port Gaverne in the morning
Port Gaverne in the morning

We did this run several times during out stay switching it up a little bit each time so it didn’t become boring, not that is could because every corner we turned we were met with another incredible view point.

By the seaside
By the seaside

On the way back we had to run up the steepest hill in the world honestly it was torture but once we were at the top it was a straight road back to the cottage where we would shower and then sit down and enjoy a well-deserved breakfast.

The breakfast we had almost every single day this holiday was natural yoghurt, oats and peanut butter all mixed together it sounds weird but tastes amazing.

Running Trainers
Running Trainers